Living Just Above The Line – I Think Is My Utopia

Day 25

  • Olympia, Washington State
  • Breakfast: my favourite steal cut oats, orange peel and water – cheap one so more snacks in the day
  • Snacks: ¼ banana, sunflower butter, ½ bagel
  • Lunch: lentils with dash of curry powder, 1 onion and 1 bulb of garlic (half), 1/2 yam
  • Dinner: lentils with dash of curry powder, 1 onion and 1 bulb of garlic, 1/2 yam and half a bagel

Rained non-stop, not even 1 minute break, for the whole day and I was very happy to be in a wonderful hosts house preparing for global polio eradication advocacy I will be doing in Canada this summer – a new role with Global Poverty Project! http://www.theendofpolio.com

If I could double my daily amount to $3 of food or even $5 I think I would be in utopia…

Live Below the Line has taught me so much on this journey and how to appreciate everything that little bit more and how special even the smallest things are… I love living with this appreciation but I would also like to do it where I can eat a few more fruits and vegetables.

Simple lentils and yam means so much when you have little – thats the way I like it… The bagel is pure luxury!

I can see myself Live Just Above the Line on many occasions from here on. When I did LBL last year for a month I continued to do LBL every Monday for the few months after. I think I can take it to another level this year – not by doing LBL more as I really need to put on a little weight but to live, eat and act simply, meaningfully and appreciatively.

Less if often more as you will have gathered in my posts to now but Live Below the Line has given me an avenue to pursue and enjoy it in a way that I haven’t been able to do as easily in developed contexts.

I can only encourage others to think about doing a Live Below the Line meal, day or week – anytime and then enjoy the satisfaction of it and think about how you might look at doing it on a more regular basis… or I could sell this with – save money, eat healthy and feel great about the world around you!

Everything I could ever want in life – transport, accommodation (tent) and freedom to do it…

Then to tie it all back into the Live Below the Line cause – imagine what it would mean to someone who lives in extreme poverty FOR LIFE to double their earnings… and the scary things is it doesn’t usually go into food but to education and an attempt to create access and opportunity… amazing eh – they put up with so much and are so powerful to overcome these things everyday – that is my greatest appreciation from this trip so far!

Not much but means so much – access, opportunity & the future without extreme poverty…

The Global Wealth Project…

Day 16

  • 21km walk from White Rock, Canada to Samiahmoo Marina, USA – or 1 mile if I was allowed to swim or could fly…

    The little bit of green on the other side of the water is a short swim or 20km + walk!

  • Breakfast: BIG bowl of oats, bit of bran, a few flax seeds, cut up dried orange peel, teaspoon of nutritional yeast and boiling water

    Very apt sign for my day and all days of Living Below the Line

  • Lunch: ½ cold potato twice at different times, some bok choy and my last sardine
  • Dinner: Macaroni and cheese as a tribute to leaving Canada. Was loving those preservatives, they taste soooo good…

    Ahhh preservative goodness!

Love walking to cross a border as it makes the experience more thoughtful and exciting!

 

The volunteering and work I do for the Global Poverty Project is great and I am very passionate about seeing every human in the world have access to enough food, clean water, health, education and a fulfilling livelihood.

Still one of my greatest other passions is simplicity and live life more with less (as you will have gathered from this blog…).

My post today isn’t to harp on again about simplicity but to acknowledge the work I am doing with the Global Poverty Project which has taught me a lot about life and creating change. For many years based on the experiences I had in developing countries from around the world I would be judgmental, highly opinionated, critical, dogmatic, guilt charged and ready to criticize anything and everything about the developed world and how ‘rich’ we are… I generally now only reserve this for my family and friends!

I always felt like I was fighting the system and it was usually to people who already thought the same way or would turn off those as I was putting myself on higher moral ground. Since joining the Global Poverty Project in 2009 I have learnt to work within the system and give an inoffensive message and options for those who wish to take it on. Kind of laying out the topics, issues and actions on the table and up to others to try or ignore with no expectations.

It has been a very powerful and significant journey for me and I have really come across a lot of people who now know I am not to guilt them, smash them with a moral bat or ask them to do what I am doing from a moral high-ground!

As much as I would love to be trying to sell the message of ‘the best in the world is with less (when you get to choose)’ it is very difficult to tell people what NOT to do than offer simple small opportunities to change in their lives for the better of all. I have great respect for those people and organisations who are there to point the finger at consumerism, profit over people, materialism, etc and we need them for those who are ready to move along the spectrum into that realm.

I think if we can work from both angles of working inside out and outside in we can meet at a common ground that has everyone living with enough but not too much– that is my Global Wealth Project… not sure if I will have many followers though! This is leading on to something that has been a great part of this Live Below the Line experience – how to advocate without making people feel crap – next episode…

My accommodation for the night!

Life on a boat seems pretty luxurious but it pretty simple when living on one - just beautiful!